Bethesda, Maryland - The US Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) will make the US Green Building Council's efforts to revise the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system a priority issue in 2013.
The association said the latest draft of the ratings proposal includes tools that do not take into account howproducts are used and the importance of exposure information.
ASC will also pay close attention to the South Coast Air Quality Management District's plan to revise Rule 1168, a regulation that sets volatile organic compound (VOC) commissions for commercial adhesive and sealant products in some of the "largest and most populated counties of the Los Angeles basin," the council said in a 17 Dec statement.
"With SCAQMD delaying the re-opening of Rule 1168 in 2012, we are confident that that regulation will be a priority for this district in 2013," said Mark Collatz, ASC Director of Regulatory Affairs.
The regulation could have a major impact on how ASC members formulate their products, the association said.
"Should the District decide to add new categories to the rule, companies that may never have had to deal with the rule could now be thrown into the mix," added Collatz.
ASC said it will also be focusing on the California Department of Toxic Substances Control's continued work on a final rule aimed at reducing toxic chemicals from consumer products, as well as the US Environmental Protection Agency's TSCA chemical workplan activities.